Fans applaud Target Field accessibility Accessibility is a major design element of new Target Field. And baseball fans who use wheelchairs are particularly pleased about the new Twins ballpark.4:50 p.m.
Spring is the season for love, scientifically speaking For anyone who's survived a Minnesota winter, a nice day in April seems to be about as close as you can get to perfect. When the weather warms up, instead of wind chill, it's love that's in the air. Why is that? Science of course.4:54 p.m.
Fans applaud Target Field accessibility Accessibility is a major design element of new Target Field. And baseball fans who use wheelchairs are particularly pleased about the new Twins ballpark.6:20 p.m.
Spring is the season for love, scientifically speaking For anyone who's survived a Minnesota winter, a nice day in April seems to be about as close as you can get to perfect. When the weather warms up, instead of wind chill, it's love that's in the air. Why is that? Science of course.6:24 p.m.
Week In Politics: Justice Stevens To Retire
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement today after 34 years on the bench. Stevens, who will turn 90 later this month informed President Obama of his intention to leave at the end of the current session. Who will fill this spot? And how bruising will the fight be in the Senate to confirm the president's nominee? Melissa Block asks regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times.
Abortion Foe Stupak To Leave Congress
Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak announced his retirement today after playing a key role as an abortion opponent in the passage of the new health care law.
Week In Politics: Stupak To Retire
There's more angst for the Democrats as they look to this fall's midterm elections. Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan, who easily won re-election last term, now says he will step down after his term and "looks forward to begin a new and exciting chapter." The 58-year Democrat played a key role in negotiating an anti-abortion compromise in the national health overhaul legislation last month. Key leaders in the Democratic Party, including the president had urged Stupak to stay in office. The open seat leaves another opportunity for the GOP in November.
Spring Weather Brings Out Shoppers
A surprise 9 percent increase in retail sales last month may suggest that consumers are taking their wallets out of hibernation. The jump has economists wondering whether consumers are done pinching pennies, or whether it's just the nicer weather.
Adventures Of A Snake Milker: This Herd Has Fangs
An Alabama man makes his living handling creatures that most people loathe. Ken Darnell is a snake milker. He extracts venom from snakes, freeze-dries it into a powder and sells it to research labS for use in medication. And he loves his job.
Letter: Future Pope Refused Plea To Defrock Priest
In a recently discovered 1985 letter, the future Pope Benedict declined to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually abusing children. The letter, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, cited concerns about "the good of the universal church" in refusing a request for Father Stephen Kiesle's removal. Host Michele Norris speaks with NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty about the letter.
John Paul II Gets A Second Look In Abuse Scandal
As the Catholic Church tries to defend Pope Benedict XVI from criticism over his handling of the clerical sex abuse scandal, the record of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, is also getting attention. New questions are being raised about whether the popular pope had a role in covering up abuse cases.
Violence Ebbs But Kyrgyz Political Limbo Persists
Life begins to return to normal in Kyrgyzstan after two days of violent protests led the country's president to flee the capital, Bishkek. But President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has not resigned, and the self-declared interim government warns there could be more violence.
Masters Tournament Wrap-Up
One of golf's most prestigious tournaments began in Augusta, Georgia, on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Even though all eyes are on Tiger Woods, who makes a return after a five-month break, other golfers are showing their grit. NPR's Tom Goldman talks with Michele Norris about the Masters so far.